Fukushima Plant Declared Stable

    FILE - This Nov. 12, 2011 photo shows a view of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Japan. The tsunami-devastated nuclear power plant has reached a stable state of "cold shutdown" and is no longer leaking substantial amounts of radiation, Japan's prime minister announced Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, marking a milestone nine months after the March 11 tsunami sent three reactors at the plant into meltdowns in the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, Pool, File)

    David Guttenfelder, Pool / AP Photo

    Let the decontamination begin: Japanese officials have brought the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into “cold shutdown condition” nine months after the earthquake and tsunami that caused a meltdown. That means the water that cools the nuclear rods remains below the boiling point and radioactive emissions are under control. Japan’s work, however, isn’t done, as now the country must clean up the plant and decontaminate the surrounding area. Officials say it will take decades to dismantle the plant completely.

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